Four-star wide receiver Tee Higgins spoke with Campus Insiders about his Clemson Tigers commitment.
The recruiting process can take its toll on a player’s mind if he doesn’t keep a clear head and remember what is truly important: his own future happiness.
The pressure from college football fans can be intense — especially on social media. Recruits constantly receive direct messages and tweets as to why they should choose this school or that school.
Four-star prospect Tee Higgins knows all about that. Ranked as the No. 6 wide receiver and No. 44 overall player in the 2017 class, Higgins chose to commit to the Clemson Tigers instead of his home-state Tennessee Volunteers.
He spoke with Campus Insiders about the hard time he got from not staying close to home.
“A lot of Vols fans, you know, wanted me to commit to Tennessee, but I felt no pressure because it’s my decision,” Higgins said.
It seems as though he’s comfortable with his decision and his future as a Tiger.
“It’s just that family feel they give me. The coaches, they make me feel like family, and I really like that about them, so I chose Clemson,” he said.
At 6-foot-4, 188 lbs Higgins high points the football and stretches the field vertically. His game will fit right in with what Dabo Swinney likes to do offensively.
Higgins’ head coach at Oak Ridge High School, Joe Gaddis, believes his young receiver will excel in college football and beyond.
“You really don’t have a weakness with him. He can run fast. He can jump. He’s got great hands. He’s got good hands. He’s a great route-runner,” Gaddis said. “Honestly, he can score any time he touches the ball. I think he can be a special one at the next level and the left after that. He’s that good.”
While his head coach believes in him, Higgins realizes he still has a long way to go and would like to add a little more weight before he gets to Clemson. One way he can do that is by getting on a collegiate conditioning program and not playing basketball after high school, which he claims is a reason why he’s had trouble putting on weight.
“It’s gonna’ improve my game a lot. With me playing basketball, I haven’t had as much a chance to get in the weight room and get big. But every freshman is gonna’ have to go in and work. You don’t have a position automatically. Knowing that, I have a good work ethic, so I’m not gonna’ just go in there and be like, ‘Oh, I got a starting position.’ I know I’m gonna’ have to work for it. I’ve been to some of the games, and, man, I can’t wait.”
Higgins isn’t the only receiver Clemson has plucked out of Tennessee in this recruiting cycle. The Tigers also have a commitment from 4-star prospect Amari Rodgers, the son of former Tennessee Volunteer Tee Martin.
With two of the nation’s top pass catchers headed to Death Valley, Clemson looks primed to continue its reputation of churning out NFL-caliber receivers.
Note: Scout rankings and ratings used in this article.
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